Coast Guard responds to helicopter crash

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Monday after their helicopter crashed approximately 80 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rescued were Keith Milard, 34, of Nashville, Tenn., Rusty Carole, 24 of Galliano, La., and Stanly Duhon, 43, of Duson, La.

The Coast Guard received a report at approximately 3 p.m., from Rotorcraft Leasing Company, LLC, that a Rotorcraft Bell Helicopter with three people aboard landed in the water.

A good Samaritan responding to the urgent marine information broadcast issued by the Coast Guard picked up the three persons from the water and transported them to a nearby rig.

Two Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopters and crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans arrived at the rig at approximately 4 p.m. The rescue helicopter crew embarked the three individuals and transported them to Houma, La., where they were met by local EMS and transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center.

“We appreciate the assistance of the good Samaritan in the vicinity,” said Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Baxter, a search and rescue coordinator at the Eighth Coast Guard District. “We urge mariners to listen to channel 16 in the event of an emergency and contact local USCG units.”

The condition of the persons is unknown.

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